Golf is one of those sports that only the truly dedicated to it really understand. To the rest of us, it’s all a bit of a mystery until the Ryder Cup comes around and it becomes a national cause for some good old fashioned British spirit.
Even for those who don’t have a handicap to boast of, however, the beauty of some of the UK’s most prized courses cannot be denied, and for anyone visiting Salcombe the nearby golf courses are hard to beat. Here is a selection of the best golf courses near Salcombe, Devon.
Thurlestone Golf Club
Take for example Thurlestone Golf Club. Just 6.7 miles from Salcombe, the course runs along the coast at Bigbury Bay, encompassing a mix of links and cliff-top terrain. The views are frankly unbeatable, taking in Thurlestone Rock on one side and Burgh Island on the other.
It offers an enticing challenge to golfers of all abilities, and if you would like a little insight into all 18 holes before you head over, then take a look at the online guide provided by their pro and PGA Head Professional, Steve White.
Need to know: 6.7 miles from Salcombe, from £18 per adult (non-member)
Bigbury Golf Club
Close to Kingsbridge, the 18-hole golf course overlooks the coastline at Bigbury on Sea as well as Dartmoor, setting a picture-perfect backdrop for your round of golf, not to mention providing some exciting challenges as well.
Well protected in parts from the sea breeze by good bunkering and mature trees, it is known for offering something for both low and high handicappers, and the friendly clubhouse is an enjoyable environment for some well-deserved refreshments at the end of the day.
Need to know: 11.4 miles from Salcombe, £19 per adult (non-member)
Dartmouth Golf and Country Club
No prizes for guessing where this one is. It is literally minutes from the historic town of Dartmouth, which, if you haven’t visited, is well worth a wander when you have a spare afternoon. Part of the area’s Best Western hotel, it has a lot to offer by way of facilities, but naturally, we are concerned with the golf.
There are two golf courses on site – the 7,200 yard, par 72 Championship Course and the 9-hole Dartmouth Course. The former has hosted the West Region PGA Championships no less than six times and has been designed with a challenge in mind. Meanwhile, the Dartmouth Course offers a more relaxing day but retains the high standards that the Championship Course is known for.
Need to know: 16.3 miles from Salcombe, from £46 per adult (non-member weekend day rate, Championship Course)
Wrangaton Golf Club
On the southern slopes of Dartmoor, Wrangaton Golf Club has been part of the landscape since 1895 and is split between nine moorland holes and nine parkland holes. Needless to say, the views are spectacular combining the Devon countryside with a tantalising glimpse of the sea in the distance.
The moorland holes have no trees or bunkers, but there are a fair few winding streams to contend with and you may see the odd sheep or pony grazing by the winding streams. Meanwhile, the parkland nine is a total contrast, bordered by hedgerows and trees with a few bunkers to keep you on your toes.
Need to know: 17.8 miles from Salcombe, from £10 per adult (non-member)
Best Golfing Accommodation in Salcombe
The following golfing holiday homes in Salcombe are perfect for an autumnal golfing break, not only because of the quality but because of the size and convenient parking.